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Nine Prince Albums Will Get Vinyl Reissues This Year

first_imgWith the recent passing of Prince, the entire world has been in an absolute whirlwind, with a number of live show recording seeing the light of day, a plethora of tributes from various artists, and fans sharing their thoughts of the beloved icon. It looks like more Prince plans are in the works, as Warner Bros. has announced that, as of June 21st, they will reissue nine albums on vinyl, beginning with Prince and The Revolution‘s 1985 album Around the World In A Day.D’Angelo Pours His Soul Into ‘Sometimes It Snows In April’ For Tonight Show Prince TributeWhile the plans to reissue the albums was originally announced prior to the legendary musicians passing, we now have the dates and actual albums that are set for vinyl pressing. Check out the full list of albums/dates below:June 21st: Around the World In A DayJuly 19th: ParadeAugust 23rd: Sign O The TimesSeptember 20th: The Black AlbumOctober 18th: Batman OST and LovesexyNovember 22nd: Graffiti Bridge OST and Diamonds And PearlsDecember 13th: The Love Symbol For fans of Prince, don’t miss the All-Star Jam Tribute to the Purple One coming up this Friday, May 6th at The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY. Powered by members of Lotus, Disco Biscuits, Particle and more, with some elite special guests to be announced, this looks to be a great night of music. More information can be seen here.[via Okayplayer]last_img read more

FKJ Announces Extensive 2019 World Tour

first_imgThis week, French multi-instrumentalist FKJ has announced an extensive schedule of 2019 world tour dates including a lengthy run of performances in the U.S. The tour is set to begin in early February with a 7-show stretch in Europe including stops in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Hamburg. From there, FKJ will head to the U.K., where he’ll mount a four-night, four-city run through Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, and London.After a break from the road throughout the month of March, FKJ will head across the pond to commence a nationwide, 22-date North American swing spanning most of April and May. After kicking off his North American run in Vancouver, BC on April 5th, the French sensation will make his way to Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; and Minneapolis, MN before rounding out his tour with a performance in Denver, CO on May 21st.FKJ–short for French Kiwi Juice–is a multi-talented one-man band whose output is consistently riveting. The Tours, France native utilizes the most potent elements of a vast spectrum of styles to craft his “expanding grooves.” FKJ is a wonder to watch. He creates all the moving parts—the smooth guitar licks, the synths, the sax, the jazz-blues bass lines—and sets them loose as hip-hop beat loops and introspective jazz tangents, juggling the mounting melodies with effortless flow. He released his first official album, French Kiwi Juice, in 2017, and has begun to crack the insular jam audience with sets at large-scale festivals like Suwannee Hulaween as well as other high profile events like Coachella and Lightning In A Bottle.If you’re unfamiliar with FKJ, you can get a glimpse of the power and beauty of his live performances with the video below. The 16-minute clip, shot by Le Sofa, showcases FKJ’s recent special performance at the Paris Modern Art Museum, staged in front of the massive mural “La Fée Electricité” by late French painter Raoul Dufy on the curved wall of Pavillon de la Lumière et de l’Électricité (“Pavilion of Light and Electricity”). FKJ’s enthralling live improvisation session in front of the massive, priceless mural is a fascinating study in the harmony of sound and sight, as the audio-visual spectacle of his morphing, meandering melodies plays off the vibrant thematics of the mural to fantastic effect. Do yourself a favor: set aside a few minutes, tune in, zone out, and thank us later.FKJ – Live at La Fée Electricité – Paris, FR [Pro-Shot][Video: FKJ]For a full list of FKJ’s newly announced tour dates, see below. Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, November 9th. For more info, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head to FKJ’s website here.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing science

first_img Read Full Story Traditional social science research tends to skew toward “WEIRD” subjects—that is, toward the Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic—according to four Harvard researchers who are trying to expand the reach of modern data collection and analysis.Pioneers in the field of crowdsourced, Web-based research, they offered a vision of large-scale citizen science experiments in a November 14 panel discussion titled “Taking Research Out Into the Wild.” Part of the Computer Science Colloquium series, the event was hosted by the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).It is not unusual for academics to involve the public in research—think of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count and the Harvard-led Personal Genome Project. With the advent of the web and social media, however, researchers can now learn from massive swaths of the world population, instantly, without ever bringing them into the lab. And the payoffs for both parties can be significant.last_img read more

Iran steps back

first_imgAfter 20 months of fitful negotiations, a coalition of world powers led by the United States announced Tuesday that it had reached a deal with Iran to limit that country’s capacity to a build nuclear bomb for at least a decade. In exchange, the international community will lift harsh sanctions that have had dire effects on Iran’s economy.The agreement calls for Iran to reduce its supply of nuclear materials, places strict limits on all activities and research by Iran’s nuclear program, and gives inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency permanent, unfettered access to sites of known or suspected nuclear facilities and supply chains in Iran. Any violations could see sanctions “snapped back” into place within 65 days. President Barack Obama called the deal the best available opportunity to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and possibly spurring a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Critics say the deal clears the way for Iran to become an accepted nuclear superpower in 10 years and places Israel at greater risk. Matthew Bunn is a professor of practice at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and co-principal investigator for the Project on Managing the Atom research and policy program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He spoke with the Gazette about the accord.GAZETTE: What’s your overall assessment of this agreement?BUNN: I think it’s inevitably a compromise, but I think it’s a good deal. It’s a far better deal than I originally expected we’d be able to get with Iran. It cuts off the plutonium pathway entirely — that is, the plutonium pathway to a bomb. It greatly reduces Iran’s ability to move forward on the uranium enrichment pathway to the bomb. It cuts Iran’s installed centrifuge fleet by two-thirds. It eliminates 95 percent of the enriched uranium that Iran has built up, which is important because when you’ve enriched to just a few percent, you’ve done two-thirds of the work of going all the way to 90 percent enrichment for a bomb. So it eliminates material that would otherwise give Iran a two-thirds head start on making nuclear bomb material. And it greatly expands inspections.Now it is a compromise, and there will be many people saying, “Oh, we should have gotten more.” But we have to look at the realistic alternatives. If we reject this deal and try to move back toward sanctions, the rest of the international community won’t be with us. They’ll say, “You had a perfectly reasonable deal, and it’s your fault, not Iran’s fault, that you’re not going with that.” And Iran will return to building up more centrifuges, and we’ll have less international support for sanctions to try to stop them, and Iran will drift closer to a nuclear weapons capability, and we will drift closer to a fateful decision as to whether to acquiesce or to use military force to try to set their program back.Another option would be going straight to military strikes. But there are huge risks to U.S. and world security in that, and the consensus is that they would only set Iran’s program back by perhaps two to five years and probably convert it from a program that gives them an option to pursue a bomb to a program that goes straight to a nuclear bomb. So in the net, this agreement is much better for U.S. national security — and for world security, including Israeli security — than the available alternatives are.GAZETTE: How much of what the U.S. and its partners were hoping to achieve did they get, and what did they compromise on?BUNN: Of course, they would have liked still deeper cuts in Iran’s centrifuge capacity. They would have liked still more far-ranging inspections. They would have liked less relaxing of sanctions. In particular, one of the controversial parts of the deal in the United States certainly will be that, over quite a period of time, it will lift the arms embargo and the missile embargo on Iran, which were originally imposed because of the nuclear program.But what the deal does do, because of the lifting of sanctions, is Iran will be getting more money from selling its oil and various other commercial activities. And with the lifting of the arms embargo over time, they will be able to spend that money on weapons. And so there are countries in the region that are very concerned about increased Iranian power resulting from that mass lifting of sanctions and the lifting of the arms embargo.GAZETTE: What do you make of the argument that Iran will not apply all of the capital (now freed up as a result of the sanctions being lifted) to its civilian infrastructure problems, but instead divert a portion to bolster its support for terror groups and activities in the region in order to placate the Revolutionary Guard generals? Is that a real threat and, if so, how does the coalition guard against that?BUNN: I think Iran will make its own sovereign decisions as to how it wants to spend its money, just as it has been doing today. And it will have somewhat more money. The reality is Iran does things in the region that the United States objects to. Some of the things Iran is doing in the region are actually in line with what the United States wants. Iran is providing some of the main forces on the ground fighting the Islamic State, among other things. But there are many other things Iran does in the region — supporting Hezbollah, supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, supporting Hamas and other groups attacking Israel — that pose real threats. But Iran has been doing that already, even under the intense sanctions that it’s under.The United States has many options to strengthen the security of Israel and of the Gulf states, and the Obama administration has been moving forward on that already. The administration has made clear, and in fact [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi Netanyahu has made clear, that the United States has done more to strengthen Israel’s security in a variety of ways under the Obama administration than has ever been the case before. So, it is a cost of this agreement, lifting sanctions, there’s no doubt about it. But the sanctions were imposed in order to get a diplomatic resolution to Iran’s nuclear program, and we need to be willing to take yes for an answer.GAZETTE: Unlike the framework that was announced last spring, do the U.S. and Iran see this deal in the same way?BUNN: At that time, it wasn’t the same document. Not everything was written down at the time in April when they issued conflicting press accounts. One of the things about this deal is that it is remarkably detailed. And I think that’s partly because of these past disagreements. They wanted to get as many things written down as possible. So those who are not technical experts will find it quite difficult to wade through the document.I think that many aspects of the document are reasonably clear. It does establish a joint commission, which has a very interesting procedure for dealing with compliance disputes. In particular, there’s a clever approach for what’s referred to as “snap back” sanctions, whereby if there’s a dispute, the United States would be able to veto lifting the sanctions, but China and Russia would not be able to veto re-imposing the sanctions if there was a violation. That’s an interesting — and in a way more positive than I had expected would be possible — aspect of the agreement. But the reality is the United States and Iran, those two governments, deeply distrust and dislike each other. And that hostility will continue. Iran will continue to pursue what we consider outrageous behavior in the Middle East, and that will continue to be part of the international landscape. This is not by any means “peace in our time” or anything like that. This is a negotiated truce over Iran’s nuclear program, with all of the other issues between the United States and Iran still festering and still creating difficulty. But it does create an opportunity to work on those other issues.Another key thing about the agreement, and I think one of the legitimate criticisms of it, is that while the verification arrangements and the plutonium restraints last indefinitely, the enrichment restraints end after 15 years. So 15 years from now, we’ll be in a situation where Iran can build up its enrichment capacity again, and we won’t have any bounds for complaint because that’s part of the agreement, and there won’t be any sanctions in place to deal with that scenario.GAZETTE: Is that one of the aspects that has the potential to create problems going forward in terms of enforcement or global politics?BUNN: Yes. I think in essence what we’ve done is we’ve bought time with this agreement. The key question now is, what are we going to do with that time? If we have exactly the same Iran and exactly the same relationship in 15 years, that will be a problem, I think.GAZETTE: Are there other signs the U.S. will be looking for beyond the IAEA inspections to feel assured that Iran is fully complying?BUNN: A very large fraction of verifying that they’re complying will rely on U.S. intelligence agencies. But the restraints that are agreed to will help a lot in making sure that Iran not only is complying at its known, declared facilities, but also not building covert facilities. So there are inspections of the places where Iran manufactures centrifuges. There are constraints on Iran’s ability to purchase anything for centrifuges outside of a declared, monitored channel. This shipping out of almost all of the enriched uranium would mean that a covert site would either also have to have a covert source of enriched uranium, or it would have to be three times as big or take three times as long as it would have if it had a source of enriched uranium already available to start with, rather than having to start from natural uranium. So there are a variety of things in the restraints, as well as in the inspections, that will help both the IAEA and the intelligence agencies confirm that there isn’t a covert site. I personally think it was always very unlikely that Iran would try to race to the bomb at a known, inspected site. The real deal is what happens at covert facilities.GAZETTE: How will presumably improved relations between Iran and the U.S. affect other nations and actors in the Middle East?BUNN: I think there will be ripple effects, but I think that in the cooler light of some weeks from now, people will realize that in fact the risk of an Iranian nuclear bomb is lower as a result of this agreement, not higher. There will be efforts by Saudi Arabia and others to try to build up some nuclear capability of their own to balance the nuclear capability that Iran is left with under this agreement. They have actually very limited capability to do that just technologically. So I think that this agreement in the net helps to prevent rather than to encourage a nuclear competition in the Middle East. But there will be an effort to build up civil nuclear programs in a number of countries. And of course, Israel has already made clear its strong objections to the agreement, but that’s been true for quite some time. I think Israeli objections are misguided and that, in the net, this is much better for Israel, as well, than the available alternatives. But they would have preferred an agreement in which Iran capitulated completely. I simply don’t think that was ever in the cards.This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

The plot, and the fog, thicken

first_imgThe fog rolled. The plot thickened. And the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) commanded a special twilight performance of “Macbeth” on Sunday amid the trees at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum.More than 1,000 people were in attendance as Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design and Fujiko Nakaya’s climate-responsive fog sculpture set the stage for the 400-year-old tragedy by William Shakespeare.The free performance was co-sponsored by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. ASP’s production of “Macbeth” from the new verse translation by playwright Migdalia Cruz is at the United Parish in Brookline through Nov. 11. Nakaya’s Fog x Hill is on display at the Arboretum through Oct. 31. Related Artist uses mist to ‘make the invisible visible’center_img Nakaya’s fog sculptures lift Boston parkslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power files for 3.2 percent rate increase

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power today asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize a 3.2 percent rate increase to go into effect on October 1, 2011, as part of its alternative regulation plan.”Green Mountain Power customers enjoy some of the lowest rates in New England and Vermont, and keeping rates low drives every decision at Green Mountain Power,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “Our energy strategy is focused on low cost, low carbon, incredibly reliable power resources and our operating strategy for over a decade has been based on being the highest quality, lowest cost service provider in the region. We have been very successful controlling expenses and this increase is driven by very important and necessary investments in infrastructure and modest increases in power supply costs.”More than half of the proposed increase is due to infrastructure investments and increasing power supply costs, and the rest is due to increases in taxes. GMP operations and maintenance costs have remained about flat for three years while managing an increasing customer base and significant capital projects.Looking to the future, Green Mountain Power has successfully arranged major power sources that will help stabilize rates, including its recently filed NextEra power purchase at a starting prices of about 4.6 cents per kwh, its 63 megawatt wind facility in Lowell that is expected to begin construction in August, and a 26-year contract with Hydro Quebec that has been approved by the Vermont Public Service Board. All of these sources offer low emission, reliable power at prices that are very attractive relative to alternative sources with similar characteristics.Green Mountain Power already operates very efficiently, with the most customers served per employee of any utility in the state, and meets or exceeds very high customer service standards, such as how quickly customers’ calls are answered and the reliability of the electric service. Its focus on lowering costs for customers while offering excellent customer service was instrumental in GMP’s decision to acquire CVPS in order to achieve significant savings for customers of both utilities.Green Mountain Power’s overall average rates are the lowest of the large utilities in New England and Vermont’s five largest utilities, based on the most recent state and national data available. The rate advantage is due in large part to the Company’s focus on efficient operations and long term power supply contracts.Since January 2007, Green Mountain Power has operated under an alternative regulation plan, which streamlines regulation while retaining appropriate regulatory review. This plan has been effective in significantly reducing regulatory costs while offering positive risk assurances to credit rating agencies. An updated alternative regulation plan has been approved by the Vermont Public Service Board and will be in effect until September 30, 2013.If the full rate request is approved, the monthly bill for an average residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours would increase by $3.09 from $96.53 to $99.62About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. is external).COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – August 03, 2011) –last_img read more

Indiana regulators reject gas plant, tell utility to reconsider renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Courier & Press:The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Wednesday rejected a Vectren proposal to build an 850-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant to replace its aging coal-burning A.B. Brown Generating Station.The IURC order took Vectren to task for not adequately considering various combinations of other less expensive alternatives, especially renewable energy sources, of which it said there was a lack of evidence that Vectren “…made a serious effort to determine the price and availability of renewables.”In denying Vectren preapproval for the new power plant — which was projected to cost $781 million — the commission cited the potential financial risk to customers who would be stuck paying for it over a 30-year period in a time when the energy industry is rapidly evolving.According to the 38-page order posted on the IURC website: “The proposed large scale single resource investment for a utility of Vectren South’s size does not present an outcome which reasonably minimizes the potential risk that customers could sometime in the future be saddled with an uneconomic investment or serve to foster utility and customer flexibility in an environment of rapid technological innovation.”The IURC order noted Vectren is scheduled to develop a new integrated resource plan (IRP) in 2019. Utilities regulated by the state are required to submit these new long-range plans every three years.The commission’s order said: “Vectren South should use its scheduled 2019 IRP process to address problems in its modeling, incorporate more options for partnering with other entities and competitive inquiries into smaller-scale options that can be acted upon swiftly to meet the end-of 2023 date upon which additional capacity may be needed.”More: Denied: Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejects Vectren’s power plant proposal Indiana regulators reject gas plant, tell utility to reconsider renewableslast_img read more

USACE to Hold South Platte River Meeting in Denver

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the City and County of Denver, will hold an open house on Wednesday, November 1, to discuss the South Platte River ecosystem restoration alternatives.The proposed project area includes approximately 2.4 miles of the South Platte River from West Yale Avenue downstream (north) to West Mississippi Avenue.The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m., at the Harvard Gulch Recreation Center in Denver.According to the Corps, residents and others interested in the project will have the opportunity to learn more about how the ecosystem restoration study has progressed since the February 2017 public scoping meeting, and to provide input on each of the preliminary alternatives.BACKGROUND:The urbanization of the City and County of Denver over the past 150 years has resulted in infrastructure and development encroaching into historic stream and floodplain habitats along the South Platte River and its tributaries.In addition, the construction of the Corps’ Chatfield and Bear Creek Dams, upstream from the project reach, have altered the natural flows by greatly reducing flood flows and increasing late summer and fall base flows.In the Southern Platte Valley project reach, the combined effect of these changes has negatively impacted the South Platte River’s natural flows and native aquatic and riparian habitat systems.[mappress mapid=”24531″]last_img read more

Woman comes out of coma after doctors tell her mother to turn off life support

first_imgStuff 22 March 2017Family First Comment: “At that time, Wilson (21) had a 20 per cent chance of surviving and was not responding to treatment. “They said if I did pull through, it was highly likely I would need 24-hour care.” In the face of the grim prognosis, her mother agreed to have Wilson’s life support turned off. “I must have heard it because I was like ‘I’m not ready just yet, just having a sleep’, Something happened and they kept me on and I woke up.” Wilson, now 32, spent 2½ weeks in a coma.”Euthanasia laws are based on the definition of ‘terminal’ – but nobody can ever REALLY tell for sure. That’s why euthanasia is a risky road to go down.Doctors didn’t think Jules Wilson had much of a chance after a crash left her critically injured and in a coma. Her mother agreed to turn off her life support. But Jules wasn’t done yet. Nicholas McBride reports. Jules Wilson’s life was hanging by a thread.Lying in a coma, part of her skull cut away to ease the pressure on her swollen brain, her mother made an agonising choice – to turn off her life support.But Wilson wasn’t ready to give up.Wilson was just a typical 21-year-old when a car crash in 2005 changed her life forever.A passenger in a car that crashed into a ditch while passing at 150kmh, she suffered critical head injuries.Doctors doubted she would last the night.At that time, she had a 20 per cent chance of surviving and was not responding to treatment.“They said if I did pull through, it was highly likely I would need 24-hour care.”In the face of the grim prognosis, her mother agreed to have Wilson’s life support turned off.READ MORE: read more

Copa Libertadores suspended over coronavirus

first_imgSouth American football’s governing body CONMEBOL on Thursday suspended the next round of Copa Libertadores fixtures due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Brazil’s Flamengo are the reigning Copa Libertadores champions after beating River Plate of Argentina in the 2019 final in Lima The Copa Libertadores is the South American equivalent of Europe’s Champions League, although the 2020 edition only began in January and is still at the group stage. “Committed to the prevention of COVID-19 and faced with the risk of its spread, and to safeguard delegates, referees, officials, press and fans, (CONMEBOL) has taken the decision to suspend the 2002 Copa Libertadores matches in the week of March 15-21,” said the governing body in a statement. Earlier on Thursday, FIFA accepted a request from CONMEBOL to postpone two upcoming rounds of South American qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Latin American countries have been stepping up measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows8 Little-Known Facts About Ancient Egypt That Will Puzzle You7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?World’s Most Delicious Foods8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Several countries have announced two-week isolation periods on travelers arriving from the worst affected countries, while others have closed schools or banned festivities. Read Also: Man City player self-isolating over coronavirus fear Costa Rica has suspended its football league while Argentina has called off its MotoGP in April as well as the South American Swimming Championships, an Athletics Grand Prix meeting, the Fencing World Cup and an Olympic boxing qualification tournament. Brazil’s Flamengo are the reigning Libertadores champions following a dramatic 2-1 victory over then-holders River Plate of Argentina in last year’s final in Lima. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more